ABOUT THE PASS

Welcome

Crowsnest Pass (The Pass) is a singular collective of five towns, each with a unique history that contributes to the rich tapestry of the Rocky Mountain community. Catch a glimpse of the past at historic sites, and discover vibrant artistic talent thriving amid breathtaking vistas where exploration and creativity flourish. Authenticity, appreciation, and comradery define The Pass community that is and always will be the light within the valley.

History

Crowsnest Pass has a vibrant history dating back thousands of years. The early 1900s saw the founding of the five small communities of Coleman, Bellevue, Hillcrest, Frank and Blairmore, to support the region’s bustling coal industry.

After the initial boom of the industry at the beginning, residents felt drawn to the area and remained as ranchers and settlers to build these communities into what they are today.

Archeological history reveals that humans have been in The Pass for at least 11,000 years, hosting early nomadic tribes as early as 8,000 BCE. The region was home to the K’tunaxa (Kutenai) and Piikani (Peigan) tribes, who are still represented in the area.

Landscape

Crowsnest Pass is a majestic setting featuring high altitude plateaus, Chinook-warmed valleys, and breathtaking mountain views. The community has grown around its own history of economic booms, resilient communities, and a local passion for the area.

The geography is also a prominent feature in the history of Crowsnest Pass. Today, this history is celebrated at world-class historical sites, including the Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site, and visitor-friendly experiences at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

Activities

The Pass offers a multitude of activities for every adventurer. In the same day, experience world-renowned fly-fishing and 18 holes at one of Alberta’s premiere local golf courses. Run one of the country’s most demanding ultra-marathons or walk through The Pass’s many nuanced main streets. Make it your mission to see the peaks of The Pass by foot or by bike, and return in the winter months to hit the slopes on skis.

Visitors and locals are attracted to The Pass for its supportive sense of community, warm hospitality, and true appreciation for the great outdoors. Be amazed by the variety that Crowsnest Pass offers year-round.

GETTING HERE

The five towns of Blairmore, Frank, Bellevue, Hillcrest and Coleman are within the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass. There are no direct flights into the area, but getting there isn’t difficult. With two airports nearby, and a short drive or bus ride, the destination is well worth the journey.

Here’s how to get here:

By plane

From Calgary
Fly into Calgary International Airport (YYC) , then take ground transportation (by car or by bus).

From Lethbridge
Fly into Lethbridge Airport, then take ground transportation (by car or by bus).

By car

From Calgary:

  • Take Highway AB-2 South out of the city of Calgary (45 minutes).
  • Turn right at AB-540, and follow the highway West (20 mins).
  • Turn left onto AB-22 South (1 hour 15 minutes).
  • Turn right onto AB-3 West, and follow the road into the first town of The Pass, Bellevue.


From Lethbridge, AB:

  • Take Highway AB-3 West heading towards the mountains (about 2 hours).

 

From Cranbrook, BC:

  • Follow the Crowsnest Highway, also known as BC-3 W/BC-95 South, and follow the highway across the British Columbia – Alberta border and through the towns of Fernie and Sparwood (about 2 hours).

By bus

Greyhound
Service from Calgary, Edmonton or Lethbridge to Blairmore, AB (Crowsnest Pass).

Private/chartered bus:
There is a CNP Shuttle (+1-403-564-4911) that offers a private hire mini-bus service between Calgary/Lethbridge and Crowsnest Pass.

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